The 10th annual Kids, Cops and Christmas program, hosted by the Rhode Island State Police in partnership with nonprofit organizations and local police departments, collected several thousand toys and thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards to help make the holiday special for those in need.
State Police Maj. Christopher Dicomitis, who oversees the campaign, said this year’s collection was aided by a growing number of corporate and community sponsors. He thanked those who donated, noting that toys and monetary donations came from residents of nearly every community in the state.
“We are grateful to the many individuals and local corporations who generously donated to this year’s Kids, Cops and Christmas campaign, which will make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for hundreds of children and families throughout Rhode Island,” Dicomitis said.
The toys and gift cards will be given to Crossroads Rhode Island, Family Service of Rhode Island, Project Night Vision, A Children’s Friend, the Hispanic Ministerial Association of Rhode Island, Multi-Cultural Center for All, the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, the Center for Southeast Asians, the African Alliance and the Chad Brown Alumni Association for distribution to eligible residents.
Locally, a collection by the Charlestown Police Department supported the Rhode Island Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need. The department, which also participated in Kids, Cops and Christmas, donated toys to RICAN on Thursday.
“Sgt. Chris Bruso and Sgt. Philip Gingerella dropped off some last minute toys to the Rhode Island Center Assisting Those In Need,” the department announced. “We are proud to support this great cause.”